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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,630
Ratings:
8,688
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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474
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2,777
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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a slightly cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, a touch of wheat, not really what I expected from this style, but good nonetheless. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of scubazook
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a The Bruery tulip

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange in color, good clarity even wheat is used. Large off-white long lasting head.

Smell: Fresh squeezed grape fruits and orange, some fragrant floral hops are evident, a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Rich citrucy hop bitterness up front. A hint of sweetness like fresh muscat, hop bitterness is moderate, not overly bitter which I like. Wheat flavor is very subtle almost non.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, medium high carbonation.

Notes: Even I'm not a big fan of wheat beer, this is one of my favorite beer from Lagunitas, absolutely delicious with the floral citrus hop aroma/flavors are wonderful. As 7.5% AVB, this is very crisp and dangerously smooth..

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle

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Photo of tinusch
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

goddamn, goddamn, goddamn i love this beer. ive said it three times and ill say it again: i fucking love this beer and no less than wanton profanity will suffice. in as many ways as it's an ipa, it's something else entirely. thick, sticky and creamy on the tongue, tastes of copious, copious and sugary-sweet citric hops with a rich, sturdy undercurrent of everything from chocolate to grapefruit to an evergreen tree, and a euphoric alcohol warming sensation like mumma rubbin' vicks on yo' tummy. one of my favorites.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear gold with a sticky white head.

Has a hoppy pine smell, with pleasant floral and honey notes and hints of orange and grass.

Has a slightly strange combination of herbal wheat and spicy hop. Fruity, floral, piney and bitter, this aromatic brew starts savory and ends bitter.

Medium to light bodied, it is rather crisp and clean, despite it's full flavor.

I find myself all over the map on this one. I like it, but find it odd and taxing. I want more, but then feel I've had enough. Little sumpin' sumpin'? OK, I'll try a little mo'!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Big rocky white head. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Melons mostly, and fruit juice. Kiwi-strawberry, honeydew melon. Grapefruit comes across as pithy rather than bitter. Mango puree. Floral notes abound. Subtle resinous hop oil scent.

T: A measured amount of bitterness and hop oil tastes handle the palate with kid gloves. Melon rind. Tame hop bitterness resurfaces, but this time with tastes of pine and citrus. Mango and other tropical fruits meld together and are reminiscent of a fruit juice blend. A touch of sweet dough and wheat provide a nice malt anchor. Finishes with more fruity and mildly oily bitterness.

M: Light and fluffy thanks to the wheat, a bit slick owing to the hop oils. Mild carbonation.

O: A nice, refreshing beer. Tasty and inoffensively hoppy.

Notes: A lively, fruity hop profile makes this much better than your average American Pale Wheat Ale. A very tasty treat. A great transition beer as well; the inexperienced beer drinker can cut his or her teeth on it and use it as a stepping stone to some of the harder-hitting hoppy beers.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. This is a nice clear straw color with a big creamy looking white head that sits atop about two fingers high. Really great retention on this one, it last thoughout most of the drink.

A very unique smell on this. Spicy hops right up front followed by a good citrus aroma to finish this one off. A nice candied orange zest flavor to this. A little bit of a spicy pepper flavor with a piney hop finish.

The body on this seems a bit heavier than I would like on the style; even a little sticky. Not a bad beer, very enjoyable. Glad to see this in six packs relatively locally.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from phone.
Sits in the glass with a frothy head that doesn't want to go away for about a third of the way down. A candy sweet lemon crispness from the yeast and wheat but is dominated from the amount of flowery citrus by the Amarillo and Cascade.
From first taste lot of carbonation and a citric acid bite upfront. It has to be from the heavy amount of hops on top of the crisp clean wheat. A smooth caramel sweet body that finishes with a hard, but pleasant bite. The bite become less overwhelming as it goes. Light but complex beer that goes down smooth on the first day over 60f day in Mass.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got a single of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. Now that spring is here I find myself grabbing Pale Wheat Ales more often then usual so I thought I would try this offering from Lagunitas to see how it stacks up. No visible freshness date. Poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is a little plain but the old school pin up girl helps mix things up. It poured a nice deep golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by a mixture of both citrus and floral hops, I pick up some grapefruit, lemon grass, and orange zest. I can smell some sweetness from the malts but that is about it.

T- Wow this is pretty hoppy for a wheat ale, I like it. I can pick up a little of the wheat base that imparts some orange zest and some sweetness. The main player in the brew is the hops, there are lots of citrus and floral hops in this brew that combine nicely with the wheat flavors.

M- Medium light bodied, crisp, easy drinking, and perfectly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. This beer was heavy on the hops, almost could be called a Wheat IPA. The hops blended nicely with the wheat flavors but it didn't let much wheat come through. I was surprised how smooth this beer was for being 7.5%, it drank more like a nice pale ale, this would make a great summertime brew. I will for sure be buying this again and I recommend it to anyone that likes a good dose of hops in their beer.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.
Golden elixir, 1.5 finger head, Belgian lace.

Beautiful aroma of hops, citrus, oranges and floral pines.

Starts with hop bitterness, carbonation, floral overtones. Smooth, fresh aftertaste complimented by a medium, dry body.

Very solid brew. Found this brew for $2, happy hour pricing, at my local watering hole.

Another in the line of Wheat brews who have copied the success of Three Floyds Gumballhead with an extra hop base.

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Photo of BeazyB
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep Gold color

S- Amazing, citrus, grapefruit, & bubblegum aromas

T- Bitter hops (grapefruit-like) with fruity undertones. Still surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer.

M - Dry to the finish

O- I was impressed that brewers were able to capture strong complexity for such a bitter, hoppy brew. Overall I felt that the bitterness was way overpowering, leaving my mouth dried out. I could only handle 2 bottles before this characteristic became overwhelming.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Reddish/golden brown. Head vanishes quickly.

S) Smells of a strong lemongrass.

T) Hoppy with a strong flavor of fruits.

M) Dry, but not overpowering.

The beer is somewhere between a "refreshing brew" and a "hoppy flavorful sipper" for me, making it tough to find times when I'm in a mood for a beer of such characteristics.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a fine golden wheat color. frothy bubbly head makes its presence known quickly. fades rather quickly, leaving a rather extensive amount of lacing. very clear and see through

S- and what a smell... sweet ripe orchard fruits. oranges, grapefruits, bubble gum. slight wheat notes snuck in there. Most of the smell is sweet. you get a slight bit of hops snuck in there as well.

T- Taste does resemble the smell. but the bitterness is more apparent then you would expect. Doesn't make it too better because the sweetness and the alchohol cleans the palate with every drink. has a bready taste to start, that turns sweet. finishes a little tart and bitter.

M- Sticky yet smooth. the carbonation makes this very drinkable. it drinks almost tart so each drink is like a slice of grapefruit.

D/O - i wouldn't go as far and say this is the best of its style. but it is certainly up there. its so refreshing and clean to drink that you could totally sit around a fire and drink a few of these and be as happy as you possibly could be. the alcohol in this was greatly masked and allows you to keep drinking without it tasting like a shot in each sip. all in all.. wonderful.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling deep golden glass holds a tight white thin head.

Smell: Big points here. Juicy fruit, both the gum and grapefruit, lemon and lime peel goodness. Just a whiff of grainy wheat but mostly just West Coast hops on a sweet base.

Taste: Not all the wonderfulness the nose promises, the hops are a bit bitter and leafy and overwhelm most other flavors. A little more earthy noble hop flavor. Still, very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Goes a bit frothy with a prickly carbonation. Body is medium light and goes a bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Has to be one of my favorite Pale Wheat beers. The style is normally fairly bland but the hops here really kick this into another level. Screw style guidelines, this is good stuff!

Another thanks to IlludiumQ36 for a great beer.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White drapes surround the soft white head once it dies down. The drapes are like linen, and fade over time. Brilliant golden orange rings from the glass.

Heavy citrussy hops, mellowed only slightly by the faint hint of wheat.

Sugared grapefruit is dominant and wholly refreshing. A clean maltiness braces the tongue to close.

Beautifully carbonated - mellow and subtle, ends with a great crispness.

This is a really unique beer, but an exceptional one at that. Great for spring and summer alike.

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Photo of magine
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear (slight hazed) deep golden color with a off white head. Head is very thick and sticky. Lace clings the entire ride down the glass. Head settles to a nice half inch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of fruit hops; pineapple, grapefruit, apricot etc. Some nice hop profiles here. Balanced by a nice malty wheat layer as well. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; some really good hop flavors here. Brew is quick to get malty and the presence of wheat comes right at you on the middle. The hops are there, but the bitterness is not. A very nice tasting unique brew.

This is a great brew, has the sweet hop fruitiness and isn't bitter and is balanced beautifully by the wheat maltiness. Can be sessioned by the case, stellar stuff. Perfect for a BBQ or a hot day.. hell anytime of year. This would be a nice alternate to a hefe or a striaght wheat brew for some. Great stuff.

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Photo of UCFDan
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this beer originally at World of Beer near UCF and then found it in Orlando at Total Wine & More. Of any Wheat Ale I've tasted, nothing else compares to Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin.

Smell - Significant citrus aroma, I actually smell pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste - Defintely higher in hops than most wheat ales. Could almost be interpreted as an IPA. I'm a big fan of IPA's though and the citrus mixes well with the hops. A slight carbonation helps as well.

Finish - Very smooth to drink, due to the citrus flavoring. You wouldn't believe this is a 7%+ ABV drink. Definitely cannot taste the extra alcohol.

If you haven't had this beer yet, put it on your list. It is by far the best offering by Lagunitas and has had me coming back for more.

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Photo of diamondc
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Huge head. Lots of lacing. Hazy, golden in color. Beautiful.

S: Ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, kiwi, guava, apricot. Intoxicating.

T: Lots of above fruits in the flavor, almost like drinking fruit punch, but there is some mild pine/herbal bitterness at the end. Some wheat bread/cracker malts come up while warming up.

M/O: Very well-carbonated, refreshing. Loving the hops selection used here. Surprised this isn't labeled an IPA. Definitely worth multiple purchases.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden with a high, frothy, and sticky white head. Great lacing.

Floral hops with some citrus/grass scents and something that reminds me of the beach. Almost like a spicy aloe vera. Whatever it is, it smells delicious. Smells sweet, tangy, and sharp.

The hops are strong in flavor but mellow in bitterness. That's a neat effect. There's a sharpness in the carbonation too like many wheat beers. Not overly sweet with a good hop kick. But this is a guzzler. The hops aren't slowing anything down on this beer. It's very well balanced between sweetness and it's herbal and floral hops.

Absolutely great spring/summer session.

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Photo of jman892
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy 1 finger head which fades to a film. Nice lacing

S - Smell is strong citrus fruit, predominately grapefruit and a bit of pine or grassiness

T - Sweetness right upfront, hoppy, and similar to the nose, somehwat like drinking grapefruit juice.

M - Medium body, nice crisp drinker, moderate carbonation

O - An exceptional beer, perfect for the spring/summer months. Hoppiness is there but not overwhelming, the citrus fruit flavor makes this one easy to drink, and makes me keep wanting another sip

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head.

The nose is mostly hops. Grapefruit and pine with a bit of grassyness. Only a slight hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose: fruity hops dominate followed by a grassy/earthyness. Good malty sweetness follows the hops for a nice balance. Again, slight wheat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Not the best example of the style but very tasty in its own right. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to a pint...
Slightly cloudy, golden straw. Two fingers of quickly dissipating white fluffy head. Leaves thin, splotchy lacing.

Mixed citrus fruits, slight bitter hoppiness, a little grassy and floral. The aroma is nice but it doesn't jump out at me. I'll update when I taste it again.

The taste matches the smell, but adds a little bit of spice. Specific hints of apricot and pineapple with a surprisingly dry, crisp malt finish. Very nice floral hoppiness.

Light to medium mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish. The dry grassy feel keeps it from being too watery and boring.

Overall, a very tasty and easy-drinking beer with better than average complexity for the style, but a sneakily high ABV considering how smooth it goes down. This is a perfect spring/summer beer if you want something a little stronger in a session beer.

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Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

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Photo of hmf05
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost amber color. A nice two finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves beautiful lacing

S: Tons of tropical fruit like papaya, mango, pineapple. A nice carmel maltiness that balances the slight hop bitterness

T: Hops are there, but not in a bitter way. Very herbal-like quality to the hops. Nice and juicy, mostly papaya and mango flavors.

M: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.. Relatively dry finish

D: Extremely high. Could easily drink 4 of these

O: Amazing beer. The tropical fruitiness gives this brew a nice juicy character. Good for hopheads, yet good for those who aren't. Check it out if you can

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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